23 July 2008

a bit sketchy...

readers of this blog will know that the extensive maison21 decorative arts empire includes m21's interior design practice and the maison21 ebay store for our vintage finds, but you might be surprised to know that maison21 also does a bit of freelance work with other designers as well- so we thought we'd take a post to show you what that entails...in addition to his clearly superior taste in all matters of design (meant ironically, of course- mostly), maison21 also has a bit of an artistic bent (see our sixth grade batik masterpiece for proof- we wouldn't talk up our talent without being able to back it up. well, we would actually, but we aren't in this particular case), so it's kind of natural that we would combine our love of art with our passion for design, by doing a little design drawing.
what maison21 does when he collaborates with other designers, is to help them refine their vision for a custom piece by sketching out their ideas- like taking a leg from this piece, the cushion from that piece, changing the shape of the back, etc., and then seeing if the elements form a unified whole. or sometimes taking another's unique vision- that they can't quite articulate- and giving it form.besides the enjoyment WE get out of it, the designers we collaborate with, find our drawings to be useful tools for themselves as well...
the designer can see if their idea works before money is spent producing it,
and if the concept is successful, the designer then has an effective visual with which to present the piece to the intended client.
the designer also has a sketch with which to communicate with the workroom, as a guide in the actual production of the piece- this can save time, money and heartache.
maison21 seriously loves the collaborative process- it's an instance of when work really seems like play...
and as an added bonus, every so often maison21 gets to see a project he's worked on appear in a national magazine- doesn't get any better than that!

20 comments:

Pigtown-Design said...

M21... is there anything you don't excell at? You're incredible!

Jessica @ The Love List said...

...and he draws, too!

FancyPants-design said...

Sounds amazing!! I would love to get into something like that. You motivate me to finish design school :)

Dianne said...

Congrats!!! Looks great on paper and in real.

SwankLighting said...

WOW. Beautiful just beautiful! Good job.

Cote de Texas said...

Very, very, VERY impressive, my dear! you are uber talented!!!! What a beautiful touch you have with! Very very nice!

thanks for sharing and showing us a little more of your talent!

Joni

Anonymous said...

yup! This does not surprise me...but what a practical way to use your talent. Your drawings would make great wall art...all framed and hung together. Fun to see. My design school renderings were not worth saving. Always interesting, Ginny

maison21 said...

thanks for the props everybody! i was hesitant to post these, as i don't want my blog to be all braggadocio, but what the heck- it IS the m21 blog, right?

and i did think it might be of interest to people like fancy-pants- design school trains you to be a designer (it's where i learned to draw) but design school doesn't really talk about all the different career opportunities there are in "design adjacent" fields- like rendering, drafting, etc. when they do speak about those fields, the emphasis is on CAD and 3d-modeling, but there is still a place for good, old fashioned work by hand. i think it is more bespoke, personally, and try to include at least one hand drawing in every project.

ps to meg: you make me blush by saying "is there anything you don't excel at?" so let me assure you the "don't excel at" list is VERY long, with all sports and my personal finances right up there at the top!

{this is glamorous} said...

Completely impressed! And loved seeing the last one come to life.

Suzy said...

They're amazing!! I wish I had that level of skill with a pencil!

Oh, and I'm definitely with you on the sports thing. Not my forte at all!

pve design said...

talent has no end.
thanks for sharing - great designs and wonderfully drawn! deserve a round kudos!

Mrs. Blandings said...

You rock. I could go on, but, you rock.

Anonymous said...

this is so very cool! Especially going back and seeing the pieces from each drawing in the final room.

Lauren said...

Oooo looks fab! I really love hand renderings too, I love the personal touch. What a great side business!

sterin said...

I want that screen you designed. Badly.

Anonymous said...

Oh good, more Jean-Michel Frank knockoffs.

maison21 said...

oh anon, always a ray of sunshine...

yes, jean-michel frank casts a huge shadow over 20th century design- any designer NOT influenced by him, is doing historical 18th and 19th century recreations.

i do have a question for you anon- since JMF knock-offs are so distasteful to you, how many original frank pieces do you own? i sure wish i could afford some! do you think you could loan me one or two from your collection? so i don't have to knock him off anymore? thanks!

Topsy Turvy said...

Christian - you just continue to impress us all! Great work!

-Lana

Emily said...

You are so very talented! Those drawings look really great...I only wish I could draw as good as you!

Alkemie said...

I can't BELIEVE you've never showed these before! Your drawings are AMAZING!! They are so clear, well thought out and proportional. You should think about selling some of your sketches framed. I bet they would look great as a group on the wall! And the living room at the bottom that was published, WOW! Very nice!

Karen